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Tree Information x

Identifier: WGR/1914
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Lloyd, M.
Registration Category: Historic tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
Maxwell, a small town between Whanganui and Patea, was renamed Pākaraka in 2022, and being the centre of Waitotara County it was chosen as the site of a First World War memorial. The quite large reserve site where these Phoenix palms grow was dedicated on 4 August 1921 [1]. Historical records indicate that the site was initially bare of planting, apart from an area of bulbs, and it took several years before the palms and other trees were planted: It was ‘into the 1920s’ … before trees were ‘chosen by the Wanganui reserves superintendent, Mr C.R. Tucker’. [2] Mr Tucker had been heavily involved in significant plantings of Phoenix palms in Whanganui, for example Rotokawau/Virginia Lake in 1924 [3], and the local council reported having good stock numbers, hence a planting date of circa 1925 looks likely given the size of these 3 Phoenix palms. It is another example of the common planting of Phoenix palms in war memorial sites.
1. Maxwell war memorial | NZHistory, New Zealand history online
2. Heritage Inventory 368 Maxwell War Memorial (
3. WGR/G1903

Single Tree Details

Genus: Phoenix
Species: canariensis
Common names: Canary Island date palm, phoenix palm
Height: 13.00m
Height measurement method: Estimated
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 0 cm
Girth measurement height: 0 m
Girth Comments: (none)
Diameter: 0 cm
Crown Spread A: 0.00m
Crown Spread B: 0.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 0.00m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date: circa 1925
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 99 years
Tree Health Description: very good
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: (none)
Champion Tree Score: 43
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
11 Sep 2023 Lloyd, M.


Lat/Long: -39.82090769864096 / 174.86305433511737
Location Name: Pākaraka/Maxwell War Memorial
Address: State Highway 3
City/Town: Pākaraka
Region: Wanganui
Location Description: 3 palms located along the frontage of the war memorial reserve.
Public Accessibility: Local Council Park
Local Authority: Wanganui District Council


Preview Credit Date
Michael Lloyd 04 Jul 2023
Michael Lloyd 04 Jul 2023
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